The symposium was organized by UZH blockchain center, it included free entrance, dinner and coffee, quite unusual for a Blockchain conference these days! The talks were all at academic level and went deep into issues and potential of Blockchain use.

The most interesting speech in our opinion was by Prof Bryan Ford of Dedis at EPFL, who talked about Proof of Personhood with people physically walking in a room and receiving some sort of digital token. He also talked about a way to solve Bitcoin scalability issues by using Omniledger with sharding.
Dr. Artur Gervais gave a talk on off the chain transactions, in particular the Lightning network.
Michael Lustenberger (ZHAW) gave a talk on applied research to manage documents and certification of pharmaceuticals on Ethereum. Dr. Massimo Morini spoke on the importance of smart contracts to reduce settlement risk and speed up settlement procedures.

Other featured speakers included:
Prof. Aleksander Berentsen, author of Book in German "Bitcoin, Blockchain and Kryptoassets"
Prof. Roger Wattenhofer, from Distributed Computing Group at ETH Zürich


deep space computing staff will attend the "First Swiss Symposium on Blockchain Research" which will be held at Uni Zürich on 14 of May 2019 between 10:00 and 17:00.

A late snowfall crowned mountains of Valposchiavo today, April 5th 2019, when founding members of deep space computing AG met with a lawyer to officially constitute the company. The company will be in the Register of Commerce starting from May 2019.

deep space computing staff will attend the Platform For Advanced Scientific Computing conference, at ETH in Zürich from June 12 to 14, 2019.


Some short impressions on the interesting DWave seminar on Quantum Computing held in Milan, March 25-27

Each of the squares on the wafer on the image above are QPUs (Quantum Processing Units) built on the DWave 2000Q architecture. The naked eye discerns on each QPU a grid of littler cells, unfortunately not visible in the picture above. The cells are 256 in total, arranged in a 16x16 grid, and each one contains 8 qubits connected in a complete bipartite graph K_4,4. Each cell has 8 connections to other adiacent cells which are couplers from a qubit in one cell to another qubit in another cell. This is the Chimera graph



The silhouette of Murray Thom showing the most important slide of Monday afternoon: the objective function for the Ising model.

 A Phyton program to solve the Indipendent Set problem on a DWave computer using Dwave's Ocean Software Suite.

 Pirellone in Milan, close to Gallia Hotel where the seminar was held.